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Monitoring the Future Survey: Overview of Findings 2014

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Headlines,Health/Medical,Statistics,Youth

Describes results of latest annual survey of  illicit drug use and attitudes among American 8th, 10th, and 12th graders.  Finds decreasing use of alcohol, cigarettes, and misuse of prescription pain relievers.  From the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Michigan


Prevalence of Alcohol Dependence Among U.S. Adult Drinkers, 2009-2011

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Health/Medical,Statistics

Finds that most excessive drinkers did not meet the criteria for alcohol dependence.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Substance Use and Mental Health Estimates from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Overview of Findings

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Mental Health,Statistics

Examines the connection between substance use disorders and mental health problems.  From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


District of Columbia: Marijuana Decriminalization and Enforcement: Issues of Home Rule and Congressional Oversight

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,District of Columbia,Laws/Regulations,Maps/Geography

Describes the efforts of DC leaders to pass legislation that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana, provides a map which shows which states have passed laws decriminalizing marijuana or have passed medical marijuana laws, presents arguments for and against decriminalization, and examines controversies involving home rule.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


NIH System to Monitor Emerging Drug Trends

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Education-Higher,Health/Medical,Telecommunications/Internet

Agency press release about the creation of a National Drug Early Warning System, funded by the National Institutes of Health at the University of Maryland and targeted at social media sites, to monitor emerging trends that will  help health experts respond quickly to outbreaks of illicit drugs.  From the National Institutes of Health


At A Glance for 2014: America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being

Statistical snapshot of key indicators of child well-being in the areas of economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, and education.  From the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics


One in 10 Deaths Among Working-Age Adults Due to Excessive Drinking

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Births/Deaths,Headlines,Health/Medical,Statistics

Press release which attributes excessive drinking as the cause of approximately 88,000 deaths per year from 2006 to 2010 and shortened the lives of those who died by about 30 years.  Includes links to detailed statistical tables.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey

Provides estimates for 15 selected health measures and trends from 1997 through 2012 for comparison.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


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